Monday Musings – May 2, 2016

Dear Friends,

Thank you for all your prayers and expressions of love and concern for my cousin’s daughter, Makayla Cook-Castro. Makayla went rock climbing on the last day of her freshman year at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.  She fell and was very badly injured.  Saturday evening she passed away.

She wanted to be an RA (residence assistant) at her dormitory next year.  Her “campaign video” (the link is below) is a beautiful glimpse into the essence of who she was.  Her death is such a loss.  I cannot imagine the pain and grief her family is experiencing right now.

Allison is Makayla’s mom and my first cousin (my mom’s brother’s daughter).  I want to share with you how Allison broke the news to us yesterday morning.

We want to thank you all for loving, supporting, and praying over Makayla. She fought so hard, but her injuries were just too much for her to overcome. We know she is in a good place and God is taking such good care of her. God must be so happy to have a perfect child with him. We have always felt that she was our Angel on earth but now she will be our Angel in Heaven and will be watching over all of us. 

Makayla was the most amazing daughter, who always did the right thing and she was always mindful of being a good person no matter the circumstance. She so loved her friends and family with every ounce of her being. She was our shining light who shined brighter then I ever thought was possible and most importantly, anyone that ever met her knew she loved the Lord.    

I thanked Makayla for making me a better person and for showing all of us how to live life to the fullest, for being a loving daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin and friend to everyone and for bringing our family closer to Christ. 

She is the best person I have ever met. It was purely a gift from God that I got to be her mother for 18 years and I am so thankful for that, however, there is so much pain because I didn’t just lose my perfect, sweet daughter, I lost my best friend. Our family is so very heartbroken. We find comfort in knowing she is with our Lord and Savior and her spirit will always be with us. Her spirit will never die and we all feel a huge responsibility for making sure that we never let go of that. Our family is committed to making sure that we move her spirit forward on this earth through helping others to know the love and joy that Makayla had for the Lord.  

This isn’t good bye, but hopefully we will see you later my sweet baby girl.   We love you Makayla always and forever! 

“Caring Bridge” is a wonderful resource for helping friends and family stay in touch in a difficult situation like this.  The posts for Makayla are more than I have been able to keep up with and they are still coming in.  Here is one of the new ones I saw this morning:

By Jane Fabrizio — 14 hours ago

Makayla, a child of God, went to be with our Lord so young. I am so sorry for your loss. I can only imagine your pain. May God comfort and strengthen family and friends who are exhausted by sorrow and weeping. Jesus is near the brokenhearted and all that call on him. As you shared, you can find comfort in knowing Kayla is with Jesus. A new beginning, not the end. She is now completely healed, away from her broken body and at home with the Lord. I continue to pray for your peace and hearts to be healed.

I don’t know Jane Fabrizio, but I thank God that she is part of a vast network of people who care, including each one of you.  It means so much.  Thank you.

In Christ,



Makayla Cook-Castro Residence Assistant video link >

Monday Musings - May 2, 2016